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Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) Challenge Exam

If you encounter any difficulties when setting up CCMS profile or uploading documents on Document Upload Portal, you may refer to the manual, or submit your problems to the IIA through "New Incident" inside CCMS.


The Institute, in partnership with The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), is pleased to offer the CIA Challenge Exam to its members. The exam is a fast track route for Institute members to attain the globally-recognized Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation.


The IIA is the acknowledged worldwide leader of the internal audit profession and serves as the global voice, recognized authority, chief advocate, and principal educator, with more than 200,000 members in 170 countries around the world.


This accelerated version of the CIA exam is an excellent opportunity to show your achievement and expertise in the internal audit field and increase your opportunities for professional growth and upward mobility.


Exam Package

The CIA Challenge Exam package fee:

  • US$1,300 for HKICPA members who are IIA members
  • US$1,500 for HKICPA members who are non-members of IIA


It covers:

  • CIA Challenge Exam application fee;
  • CIA Challenge Exam registration fee;
  • Customized electronic version of The IIA's CIA Learning System®; and
  • A 12-month membership of IIA Hong Kong (for non-IIA members).


Exam Format

  • Exam period 1 - 31 October 2019.
  • 3 hour exam (only one sitting is allowed during the examination period).
  • 150 multiple choice questions.



Only current Institute members are eligible for this exam. Qualification Programme students and former members are not eligible. Once the application of CIA challenge exam has been submitted via the online platform, NO REFUNDS, in part or whole, will be offered. If you are unsure of your current member status and/or eligibility prior to submitting an application please contact the Institute.



The CIA Challenge Exam tests a candidate's knowledge of internal auditing's strategic positioning and operational role and their understanding of internal audit processes and practices. For more details, please click here.


Application Procedure

Complete your application between 17 June and 19 July 2019.

  • Create a profile on the IIA's Certification Candidate Management System (CCMS) (or login if you already have one).
  • Complete the CIA Challenge Exam application.
  • Upload your Character Reference Form and government-issued photo ID (ie. your current passport or identity card, the photo must be clear) using the Document Upload Portal.
  • Once you receive approval of your documents and application, access your profile and complete the CIA Challenge – Exam Registration form (note: you cannot schedule your exam until your application is accepted).
  • Using the instructions in your Registration Confirmation email, contact Pearson VUE and schedule to sit for your exam during the exam period.


For further details, please refer to the handbook. You may also refer to the manual for CCMS and Document Upload Portal.



Testimonials from members who have attained the CIA designation


Alva Lee
Partner, KPMG Advisory (Hong Kong) Limited


"The CIA is the only globally-recognised certification for the internal audit profession. Having both the CPA and CIA designations is crucial to my consulting career. It gives confidence to my international clients that I have the professional knowledge needed to advise them on internal audit best practices and international standards. The CIA is not only relevant to internal audit practitioners but also to professional accountants as it can expand your career opportunities. By going through the certification process, you will acquire knowledge on organisational governance, risk management and control, which is essential and fundamental to good corporate governance."


Ian Lee
Audit & Risk Management Manager, The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels


"Internal auditing has evolved from being a reviewer of financial reporting and regulatory compliance material to being an adviser and helping organizations to improve their operational effectiveness and efficiency. Internal auditors are now a strategic business partner and we must make sure that our skillsets are able to keep pace with the evolving responsibilities required of an auditor. The CIA designation showcases your credentials in internal auditing.


Through combining the accounting and financial knowledge gained from the Institute's Qualification Programme, the auditing and risk management knowledge from the CIA qualification, and the practical experience and soft skills training gained through work, I am equipped with the hard and soft skills I need to succeed in this ever-changing business world."